I have sad news.  My friend Stacy Phillips, a man who was many, many things, including a Grammy award winner, a Bluegrass legend and a founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience, died on Tuesday, June 5 around 9:30 p.m.  He was 74 years old. He experienced a massive heart attack on Sunday and from then on it was just a matter of time.  He was surrounded by his family, his sister and his niece and nephew.  Stacy was his own person and that was reflected in the life he led as a musician.  If this news seems like a surprise or a blow, I agree.  I have spent the past two days in a state of disbelief as the life of someone who was a colleague, a mentor, a friend, and a genuine world class grump slipped away.  I would say more about Stacy, but others have already said it better.  There is a great obituary about Stacy in the New Haven Independent.

On Sunday, June 10, we participated in a musical memorial for Stacy at Café 9 in New Haven.  We were joined by so many other musicians, bands, students, and fans who all paid tribute to him.  There’s a great article about that event in the New Haven Independent

Zichronoh l’vrachah  May his memory be a blessing


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DAVID CHEVAN: the face of the bass

Colin McEnroe Show podcast


This past August Warren Byrd, my long-time music partner and Afro-Semitic Experience co-founder and I participated in the recording of a special live Colin McEnroe show about musicians making spirituality into art. That two-hour event was pared down to a little less than an hour and aired on Colin’s WNPR show.


The show was taped at the Copper Beech Institute Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. Warren and I were joined by three other Connecticut musicians whose art is informed by their spiritual lives, Tina Colon, Arunan Arulampalam, and Noah Baerman.


Interested? The show is now a podcast that you can listen to. Here’s the link:

Previous events


Bassology @ Veracious Brewery

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Veracious Brewery, 246 Main Street, Monroe

Swing away the last few days of summer with Bassology. Swinging standards and smoky blues. Come enjoy our music along with a pint of one of the great brews of Connecticut. Featuring Danielle Valentin on vocals, George Lesiw on guitar, and Michael Scott on drums


Letters from the Affair premiere and workshop performance

Best Video, 1843 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

a work in progress performance followed by a talk back conversation with the composer

“Letters from the Affair” is an epistolary song cycle based upon a series of letters from the late 19th century written by the Impressionist painters Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas.

I’ve framed these letters to tell a little-known story from the end of the 19th century about the relationship between two founding members of the French Impressionist Art movement, Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas. The letters and the story centers on their friendship as artists and how it deteriorated and then completely ended as a result of the news and political fallout of the Dreyfus affair. This work presents an impression of the intimate personal ramifications of a national political event and is an illustration of how racism and anti-Semitism can destroy a friendship.


The Afro-Semitic Experience in concert

Seth Thomas Park, Thomaston

A free summer concert with the Afro-Semitic Experience in the city of Thomaston, CT. Come and join the experience.


Nu Haven Kapelye at the Rough Draft

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

On Tuesday, August 7, I will be hosting the return of Klezmer to Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye plays at the all new Rough Draft. The Rough Draft is a new restaurant and bar that is keeping alive the community music spirit that was at the core of the Space complex established by Steve Rodgers. It’s in the building that housed the Space and it’s run by local school teachers and most of the staff worked with Steve in the Outer Space and the Space. The address for the Rough Draft is 295 Treadwell Street. Music begins at 7:30 pm and goes until the dancing ends!! And there’s room in Rough Draft for Klezmer dancing!!!


Rabbi Brockman's last service

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, CT 06517

On Friday, June 29 I will be leading the Nu Haven Kapelye in a special Klezmer service at Mishkan Israel in Hamden. This is no ordinary service. It’s a special service for me, my family, many of my friends and for many of us in the greater New Haven Jewish community. Rabbi Herbert Brockman is retiring from Mishkan Israel and that evening Rabbi Brockman will be leading his final service. For me this service is at best bitter sweet. Publicly and privately Rabbi Brockman is an extraordinary person with a profound commitment to social justice. For me and for my family he has been a friend, a leader, a mentor and someone I have had the honor to accompany musically on the pulpit many, many times. I’ve already been planning the music for the evening and I have got a few surprises lined up. I hope you can join us for this very special musical farewell to Rabbi Brockman. Services begin at 6:00 p.m. Congregation Mishkan Israel is located at 785 Ridge Road in Hamden, Connecticut.


David Chevan and Matt DeChamplain at Fornarelli's

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Fornarelli's Ristorante, 99 Orange Street, New Haven

Saturday night, June 16, I will be hosting my monthly jazz jam at Fornarelli’s in New Haven. I’ll be joined by pianist (and new dad) Matt DeChamplain. Music starts at 6:30 and we’re playing till 9:30. Musicians and singers are welcome to join us and sit in. We are open to most styles and all levels of skill. I love to jam so please feel free to join in the music. Fornarelli’s Ristorante is located at 99 Orange Street in downtown New Haven.


Jazz Jam at DeNicola Park

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Denicola Park, Treadwell Street, Hamden

Jazz jam in DeNicola park in Whitneyville in Hamden. Led by the legendary Allen Lowe. Open to all ages and abilities. Come on over to hang out or to play!!


David Chevan and Friends at Black Eyed Sally's

Black Eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum Street, Hartford

I'm making my Black Eyed Sally's debut with a group of some of my favorite musicians including members of Bassology and the Afro-Semitic Experience. Second set is going to be a wonderful, wild and woolly jam session!!! Hope you can join me.


The Afro-Semitic Experience at the Barshay Family Community Festival

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The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford

Coming up on this Sunday, June 3 the Afro-Semitic Experience will be playing at a free concert in West Hartford at the Barshay Family Community Festival. It’s an all-afternoon festival. Admission is free (though a donation is suggested!!).

Joining us on the bill this Sunday will be Richie’s new experimental Klezmer trio, Midwood, and the French Folk group, FADA and more. Music begins around 1:00 pm and goes till 4:00 or so. The festival will be at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, Connecticut.


David Chevan and Bassology at Solun Tapas Restaurant

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Solun Restaurant, 245 Amity Road, Woodbridge

Bassology swings in to Solun Tapas Restaurant in Woodbridge for an early evening performance, from 6-8 pm. We played there last month and had a great time. The line up for Bassology for this evening will include Isabella Mendes on keyboards and voice, Jocelyn Pleasant on drums, and Michaela Coppola on guitar.


David Chevan's Jazz Jam Session at Fornarelli's

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Fornarelli's Ristorante, 99 Orange Street, New Haven

Saturday, May 19 is my monthly jazz jam at Fornarelli’s. I’ll be playing with Isabella Mendes on piano. As always musicians are invited to sit in and jam with us. Bring your instrument, your voice and/or your ears and come and join us for a swinging jamming evening. Isabella is a walking encyclopedia of great Brazilian music so come ready to play some bossas with us!! As always, all levels, most styles.


David Chevan and Bassology at Villa Italia

Villa Italia, 26 Mill River Street, Stamford

Bassology returns to Villa Italia for an evening of jazz standards and smoky blues. If you haven't heard this configuration you're in for a real treat.
come enjoy Danielle Valentin vocals Drew Fermo keyboards Jocelyn Pleasant drums and David Chevan bass


Klezmer jam with the Nu Haven Kapelye

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JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd. , Woodbridge

the Klezmer jam series continues at our new home at the Greater New Haven JCC in Woodbridge. The Nu Haven Kapelye hosts our Klezmer jam and I think we are already off to a good start. We had a good turnout of musicians and some audience members as well. I hadn’t really thought about what would happen if there is an audience, but yes, yes, yes!! Please come out to listen and maybe to dance. And please help spread the word on this!! We’re jamming from 7:00-9:00 pm and musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to come and sit in. Bring your instrument and a music stand. We’ll supply the sheet music if you need it.

Playing with The Afro-Semitic Experience at the URJ Biennial 2017

Klezmer Jam Concert Review

During my September Klezmer jam at the Outer Space Stephen Urchik, from the New Haven Arts Paper swung by and hung out for the entire two hour set. He then wrote this review, A Set in the Garden of Eden, about our performance.  Check it out!!